Carolyn Holbrook Memoir Writing Project Specifics

2023 Creative Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Project


Cohort Meetings

Participants will meet weekly as a cohort during the winter/spring term (12 weeks; February–April), biweekly with additional Saturday meetings during the summer months (June–August); and weekly again during the fall term (12 weeks; September–December).

The online cohort will meet via live weekly video meetings over Zoom; there will be no in-person meetings.

Each student will also meet one-on-one with the project leader four times over the course of the year. These meetings include one introductory meeting before the program kicks off in February, and one manuscript consultation session after the program concludes (and you submit your final manuscript) in December; this meeting must take place before February 28, 2024. 

Project Syllabus

More details about the project and what you can expect out of the year can be found here, in the project syllabus

Online Cohort Calendar

The calendar for the online Creative Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Project led by Carolyn Holbrook is linked here

Registration and Application

When registration opens, please sign up to indicate your interest. We will then schedule a check in between you and Carolyn Holbrook to ensure that the program is a good fit for your goals. Payment and final registration will take place after this initial call. 

CNF/Memoir Writing Project Visiting Guests

Throughout the year, four to six visiting writers and publishing professionals will meet with your cohort as special guests. Examples of past guests include:

  • Laila Lalami
  • Rumaan Alam
  • Mira Jacob
  • Courtney Maum
  • Kent Nerburn
  • Kaethe Schwehn
  • Sean Sherman
  • Mai Neng Moua
  • Ann Regan
  • Bronson Lemer
  • Erik Anderson
  • Rachel Hanel
  • Faye Bender
  • Michael Perry
  • Ariel Gore
  • Richard Blanco
  • In addition to many other visiting writers and publishing professionals from local and national publishing houses, publications, and literary agencies.
CNF/Memoir Writing Project Instructor

The 2023 online cohort will be led by Carolyn Holbrook.